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Supreme Court Faces Historic Case Backlog as Fractious Term Comes to an End

  • Decisions on abortion, guns, climate left until last few weeks
  • Justices have 33 opinions left as leak probe strains relations
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court 
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Bloomberg
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Amid signs of internal discord, the US Supreme Court is waiting until the bitter end to do the largest share of its work in more than 70 years.

The court is due to issue 33 opinions, a whopping 53% of its expected total in argued cases, as its 2021-22 term comes to an end in the next month. Among those will be rulings that could effectively render abortion illegal in two dozen states and mean more handguns on the streets.